Spied! 2015 Jeep Jeepster Caught Before Geneva Debut
The Jeep lineup got a huge infusion of life with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which, like it or not, is a big seller in the compact crossover segment. Now, Jeep is about to go after more sales, as it gets ready to unveil the 2015 Jeep Jeepster, which will effectively replace both the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. Based on the same architecture as the Fiat 500L, this Jeep will be the first model Jeep makes to not have at least some version of it built in North America. While we don't know much about its looks, we can tell you that it will be a squarish thing, looking like a cross between a Jeep and a Kia Soul. Evident even with heavy camouflage, Jeep cues will strike a chord throughout the car, including a bowed window line, rectangular tail lights, and a seven-slot grille. Power will likely come from Jeep's ubiquitous 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder or the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine found under the hood of the Fiat 500L. While it's likely the six-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Fiat 500L will see action, we wouldn't be surprised to see this Jeep getting the company's new nine-speed automatic. Of course, because it's a Jeep, all-wheel drive will be available. Caught testing in Europe, the 2015 Jeep Jeepster, which our sources suggest could also be called the Jeep Lattitude, will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March before going on sale worldwide. Jeep is one of the strongest brands under the Fiat-Chrysler portfolio, and we anticipate this vehicle will add to the automaker's popularity when it goes on sale sometime around the end of this year, hopefully.
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